Kangaroo Island women, girls get to play football

A chance conversation has bloomed into a fantastic opportunity for women and girls on the Island to follow their dream of taking part in an all-girls football league.

At a recent conference, contact was made with Yankalilla women’s head trainer Emma Crisp and then women’s football coordinator Craig Wilson, who issued an invitation to local girls who wanted to play AFL to join with Yankalilla to play in the Great Southern Women’s League.

The league has grown from four teams last year to eight for this season, with sides from McLaren Vale, Mount Compass, Victor Harbor, Willunga, Goolwa/Port Elliot, Strathalbyn, Encounter Bay and Yankalilla.

At short notice three under 16 girls, Amy Stevens, Ozzie Osborne and Abby Morris and three open girls players, Dat Dodgson, Eliza Havelberg and Rachel Barr have decided to take on the challenge.

After a meet and greet on Sunday, there was a two-hour session which has honed the girls skills.

For the girls who also need to travel to the mainland, the club has arranged billets for the players.

The first game of the season begins this Sunday, with Yankalilla taking on Goolwa/Pt Elliot at Encounter Bay in the morning game with Strathalbyn playing Encounter Bay in the afternoon.

The season will finish with the grand final played on June 3.